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Meet Reggie Hawkins: PD, Hip-Hop Nation; Talent Manager, Shade 45

As Program Director of Sirius XM’s Hip Hop Nation (channel 44) and Talent Manager for the satellite network’s Shade 45 (channel 45, produced by Eminem), Reggie Hawkins oversees one...

Executive Spotlight: Meet Al McLean [c], Senior VP, Creative, Kobalt Music Publishing America

Q: You came up during a pivotal period in the music business. Al McLean: Yes, I was fortunate to grow up in the Bronx during the evolution of Hip-Hop. Because...

Executive Profile: Meet Sean Glover, Senior Manager, Industry Relations, Soundexchange

What’s an average day for Sean Glover? My role at SoundExchange is to increase our industry presence and visibility in both the entertainment and tech community. I talk to lots...

Shawn Tubby Holiday Named Sr. VP, Columbia Records

Columbia Records has named Shawn ‘Tubby’ Holiday as SVP/Urban A&R. Previously SVP/A&R for RCA Records, Holiday will continue to discover, break and develop new talent as well as integrate...

Radio Spotlight: Up Close with Doc Wynter and the Real 92.3

Back in February, Los Angeles urban radio got a much needed injection with the launch of the REAL 92.3. It’s the new home for Hip-Hop and R&B—and perhaps even...

Bringing the Empress of Blues Bessie Smith to the Big Screen

Special to Amalgamation by A. Scott Galloway Time and again we read or hear about the development of a biographical motion picture about a figure in African American history whose...

Meet Recording Academy Executive Bill Freimuth

As Senior VP of Awards for the Recording Academy, Bill Freimuth’s job is to oversee the entire process for the prestigious Grammy Awards. There are many moving parts prior...

Six Questions w/Wardell Malloy – Executive. Dir., Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI

Performance rights executives are typically on the front lines when it comes to the development, compensation and advocacy for songwriters’ rights. Wardell Malloy is one such executive. He recently...

Executive Spotlight: Walter Jones & Sam Taylor, Sony/ATV’s Executive Duo

What’s it like running Sony/ATV’s Urban Music Department?  We get some answers up close from Walter Jones, Vice President of Urban Music (East Coast) and Sam Taylor, Sr. Director,...

Interview: Ice Cube in a Mellow Mood! (with Kam Williams)

Born O'Shea Jackson in Compton, California on June 15, 1969, Renaissance man Ice Cube is an actor, writer, producer, director, rapper, philanthropist and father. N.W.A., the rap group he...

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